Full Report: Former striker Redford returns to haunt WGC
PUBLISHED: 17:54 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Biggleswade Town 1 Welwyn Garden City 0 A SOLITARY Ryan Redford strike was enough to hand WGC manager Del Deanus only his second league defeat since taking control at Herns Lane. Former Citizens striker Red
Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Biggleswade Town 1 Welwyn Garden City 0
A SOLITARY Ryan Redford strike was enough to hand WGC manager Del Deanus only his second league defeat since taking control at Herns Lane.
Former Citizens, Ware and Hertford Town striker Redford scored after only three minutes to give Biggleswade Town a somewhat undeserved three points.
He capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Craig McKay and keeper Rob Blackburne to slot the hosts ahead.
However, there were strong appeals from the WGC bench as it appeared Redford had come from an offside position.
Deanus had earlier challenged his players to prove their credentials against their FA Vase quarter-final opponents.
But ultimately the former Edgware Town boss was left disappointed that his City side could not claim at least a point.
He said: "In the first half it was hard to really pick out anyone who was playing well.
"So I said at the break that they should go out there and step up, and to be fair, the lads did that.
"Mark Blackburne, returning from injury, led by example and he was superb.
"To be honest, in the second half it was hard to pick out anyone who had played bad."
One person who showed his fighting spirit at the Carlsberg stadium was joint-manager Steve Newing!
After Junior Lewis was booked for catching Redford with an elbow, the Biggleswade bench reacted furiously.
They clearly believed the arm was intentional and raced down the touchline shouting for the player to be sent-off.
Feeling this was not in the spirit of the game, Newing got himself involved in an altercation with the Waders' bench.
As Newing was being restrained, he was struck in the face and suffered a bloody nose.
The referee decided to send both Newing and the home boss Chris Nunn from the dugout, and promptly blew for half-time.
The second half was completely dominated by the visitors, with the home team failing to register a shot on target.
Twenty minutes in, City midfielder Jason Williams hit the post when he was found with a superb pass from former Leicester City star Junior Lewis.
And then 10 minutes from time the away side were denied what appeared a stonewall penalty.
Citizens substitute Richard Morton made a burst into the penalty area, only to be clumsily brought down.
However, despite big appeals the referee waved play on and that summed up City's afternoon.
Deanus added: "When we hit the post, you just knew it wasn't going to be our day.
"But that's football. We played poorly against Biggleswade United on Tuesday (February 17) but got the three points.
"And then against Biggleswade Town, in the second half at least, we play well and not get what we deserve."
WGC remain in 15th spot in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League with 30 points from 25 games played.
Del Deanus' troops face a tough looking home tie against Kingsbury London Tigers on Saturday.